Welcome to Then and Now, where each week we compare images of Manchester streets, landmarks and buildings from bygone days with how they look now.

This week we look down Farmside Place, off Stockport Road in Levenshulme – an area located approximately halfway between Stockport and Manchester’s city centre 4 miles away.

Our black and white picture from 1971 shows part of the Palace Nightclub, formerly the Palace Cinema. It was also known locally as The Farmside, because of its location. The building next to it – its signage proclaiming Levenshulme Market was previously Burdett’s Bakery. Hennigans bar on the corner of Farmside Place was a Barbecue business in 1971 – earlier still it had been a ‘high class’ grocers called Burgon’s. 

Farm Side Place, Manchester - Then Farm Side Place, Manchester - Now

You can see in our recent photograph that the market building has been demolished. The road now continues through to a large public car park that nestles between Stockport Road, the main London to Manchester railway line, and Levenshulme station. This is where you can find Levenshulme Market every Saturday.

In later years the Palace was an Irish Social Club and used as a live music and comedy venue. In September 1996 comedian Peter Kay won the Grand Final of the North West Comedian of the Year there, beating another now very well known comedian Johnny Vegas to first place. Now the large venue is Al Waalis Restaurant and Banqueting Hall.

*Many more images from Then and Now are featured in The Changing Face of Manchester published to mark the 150th anniversary of the M.E.N.

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